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Subject: Would be a fool not to listen
Very very nicely recorded show, sounds sexcellent. Interesting electronic/spacey additions to Jack Straw that continue through the show. All in all kick-ass show, no Ship of Fools on this Fools day but its ok, maybe too cliche for them, anyway they more than made up for it great show
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Subject: Only MY favorite years matter!
It is mind-blowing how out of it some people are - first set of shows Bruce sat in on? Where does this nonsense come from? Long live the '83-'86 era! The Dead were never the same after the coma in '86, the fans became gay and ignorant, the band never captured the fire, then touch of grey became a hit and life as we knew it was over. Meaning too many idiots at shows, too many stadium gigs, just a bogus scene after summer '86. Thanks archive for a wonderful job. Spring '91 is tolerable but very weak compared to '85 or '83 or '83 of course.
Subject: Great recording of a great show...
Since I sadly never got to see the Dead in concert (I didn't start going to shows until October of 1996, so I missed all the fun) I tend to gravitate to shows from my area that I maybe could have went to if I'd been born a little earlier. May be a strange reason to check out a show, but I'm glad I did with this one.
First of all the recording itself is terrific.
The first set starts off strong with a nice Jack Straw and a wonderful Peggy-O. Candyman and Bird Song are definitely highlights of a very solid first set.
But this show is all about the 2nd set. China Cat is a beast with some serious rhythm section which shows up beautifully on this recording. Very driving. Looks Like Rain is great, and I really can't say enough about the Dark Star. Funkiest version I've ever heard. The jam lost me for a bit, but brought me back soon enough.
Show ends with a Baby Blue that is a little too synth-y for my tastes, but is still kind of a nice bookend to an incredible show.
Subject: we can share the women we can share the wine
we can share what we got of yours, cuz we done shared all of mine
Subject: Well-played show with a nice 91 Star
Not a mind-melter, but an interesting Dark Star that goes places. Mellow first set features some nice Jerry numbers like Peggy-O and Candyman. All Over Now is pretty rockin. Bird Song is the clear highlight.
Second set rocks pretty hard. Little too much of Bob's vocal delay at the end of LLR (cringe), but they more than make up for it with the Dark Star. One of the better Stars of '91. Spring 91 tour is a little underrated, and this pair of Greensboro shows is one reason why. Also see 3/17, 3/20, 3/21 and 3/25.
Contrary to previous review, this was not, in fact, Bruce's first tour with the band in 1991. He played at all four shows at the Cap Center March 17-21 to open the tour.
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Great show ! The post Brent era began with some great shows.It sounded like they were actually rehearsing some.Both of these shows were played almost perfect from start to finish.I felt a little guilty for enjoying a show so much w/o Brent.I missed Brent ,but at the same time it was interesting to hear the new sound.Vocal harmonies were different with Vince singing the higher pitched lines sort of like Donna would've sang.Bruce and his grand piano kind of gave it that early '70's sound.I didn't care for the accordian too much or some of Vince's cheesy tones. An audience copy would be great !!!!
Subject: This is the one
If you are wondering which one of these versions to 'listen to', this would be the one kids. It sounds like butter. As for the boys playing; well let's just say they are on fire and this is definitely one of the top shows from the '90's for sure. MT to CM for all his hard work!
Subject: Best of Spring '91 and possibly all of 1991
In a lot of people's minds 1991 was the last great year of the Grateful Dead. It was for me, the last year of touring. This show really holds a dear place in my heart for many reasons, but mainly because it is a great show.
The sound on this is solid and the playing is simply great. This was the first set of shows Bruce sat in on in the Spring and it definitely sparked everyone in the band and in the audience. If you take out the Picasso Moon, it looks and feels like an early '70's show and set list.
First Set: Jack Straw is played alright, but it never hits the type of crescendo a great JS can hit. From here on out it is game on, w/ lovely versions of Peggy-O, a nice Phil offering w/ TT Blues, a sweet Candy and then Birdsong. This Birdsong is as good of a Birdsong as you will find. It weaves and bobs beautifully. Gives you the feel that something really special is coming in set II.
Second Set: China-Cat is unreal w/ an outstanding transition jam. Bruce, Phil and Jerry really playing hard off of each other. LLR is it's lovely self, very well played but not earth shattering.
The night before there was major teasing of Dark Star. You could feel Jerry really wanting to go there during PITB, but only Bruce seemed to want to follow his lead. This night, there was no doubt and the minute this first notes hit the air, WHAM, POW, KABOOM we are off. IMHO opinion this is the most in-depth DS in modern Dead history. Very psychedelic and reminiscent of a '73/'74 version. These is a living and breathing beast that will dance through you and lift you to that nether world that a great DS takes you to.
The remaining songs are sweet w/ the Black Peter being well above average verging on classic.
Listen for the Birdsong and the Dark Star, come back often for the beauty of this classic show. This is a top 5% show IMHO opinion, not the best ever but definitely a later day star and an all-time classic.
Thank you Mr. Miller for a real good time and a great upgrade. Now we just need a MOTB of this bad boy.